Tune-Yards has announced details of a new album.
Merrill Garbus’ musical project will release its third album, titled ‘Nikki Nack’, on May 5. It is the follow-up to 2011’s ‘w h o k i l l’ – listen to a mix of snippets of tracks from the album above.
Speaking last year, Garbus said that she had taken a research trip to Haiti in order to situate herself “in a non-western musical tradition” after studying drumming with Haitian-born Daniel Brevil in Oakland, California.
Along with a group of seven other students, she then took a four day course in “intensive folkloric and contemporary dance” at the Ecole Nationale des Arts (ENArts) in Port-au-Prince. “On these incredible days we were taught to dance by, I am convinced, some of the best folkloric and contemporary dancers in all of Haiti,” she wrote. “I am not a dancer so much, but these days I will dance harder than I ever have in my whole life. I will also cry some more. Several times, quietly.”
She explained that she is now back in her studio in Oakland “making a wild mess.” She wrote: “Chaos. I’m trying anything and everything rhythmic, and sometimes it sounds like an out-of-control beast I cannot begin to tame. But the rule is: don’t try to get it right, just be in the middle of it.”